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Anti-Semitism and HistoryHST 495 001Mon 6:30-9:15pm – Morton 212Instructor: Dr. Jarrod Tanny, Spring 2012Instructor:Dr. Jarrod tp://people.uncw.edu/tannyj/Office:Morton 254Office hours: Monday, 1-2pmWednesday, 2-3pmFriday, 12-1pmOr by appointmentI encourage you either to drop by my office or to get in touch with me as often as you like. I amready to help you with any problems or questions that you may have pertaining to the course. Ifthere are other personal or academic related problems that may be affecting your performance oryour attendance, do not hesitate to contact me. I am here to help you learn.About this CourseAnti-Semitism has often been called “the longest hatred.” Seemingly irrational hostility towardthe Jewish people can be traced from the biblical world to the modern middle east, with theCrusades, the Inquisition, and the Holocaust standing out to as moments of severe persecution,expulsion, and genocide. This seminar will examine the complex history of anti-Semitism, itscauses, and consequences. We will explore how anti-Semitism has evolved over time and place,how it’s affected world politics, and how it has had a profound impact on the collective memoryof the Jews, who have responded to such hostility through theology, violence, literature, andeven humor.Page 1 of 15

Anti-Semitism and HistoryHST 495 001Mon 6:30-9:15pm – Morton 212Instructor: Dr. Jarrod Tanny, Spring 2012This course is part research seminar and part historiographical colloquium. Each week we willmeet to discuss the assigned readings. We will examine how historians have tackled the subjectof anti-Semitism in different eras and evaluate their work against some of the primary sourcesupon which their works are based. Through this approach you will develop the skills needed toproduce your final research paper.Grading and Course RequirementsYour final grade will be based on the following:Class Participation, Discussion Leading30 %Response Papers15 %Research Presentation15 %Research Paper40 %Attendance: Attending all classes is mandatory. If you miss more than two classes, your finalwill be reduced by 10% for every subsequent absence. If you are having a serious issue that isaffecting your ability to come to class, please come and speak with me.In order to pass the course, you need to complete every assignment. Please retain an extracopy or an electronic version of each written assignment until the instructor returns theone you submitted.Written AssignmentsThree short analytical response papers – 15% of your final grade:1. Response paper #1; 1-2 pages; due on Monday, January 23 (based on the Beller book)2. Response paper #2; 2 pages; due on Monday, February 6Page 2 of 15

Anti-Semitism and HistoryHST 495 001Mon 6:30-9:15pm – Morton 212Instructor: Dr. Jarrod Tanny, Spring 20123. Response paper #3: 3 pages; due on Monday, March 5Major Research Paper – 18-20 pages – 40% of your final grade – due Friday May 4Although your research paper is due on Friday, May 4, it will be a work in progress. You willcomplete a series of steps along the way to help you produce the final product: Meet with instructor to choose topic: by Friday, February 17 Research topic proposal: due Monday, February 20 Annotated bibliography: due Thursday, March 22, Noon (in my mailbox) Thesis paragraph: Thursday, April 5, Noon (in my mailbox) Draft paper: due Thursday, April 19, Noon (in my mailbox) Poster display: due Monday, April 23 (group 1) or Monday, April 30 (group 2)These portions of your work will count toward your grade on the paper, which constitutes 40%of your grade in the courseAll written assignments must be submitted in Hard Copy. A late assignment will incur apenalty of 1/3 of a letter grade for each day that it is late.***Your Final Paper is due on Friday May 4 at 12pm***Further details concerning the assignments will be provided over the course of the semesterOral AssignmentsPage 3 of 15

Anti-Semitism and HistoryHST 495 001Mon 6:30-9:15pm – Morton 212Instructor: Dr. Jarrod Tanny, Spring 2012Class Participation and Leading the Discussion (30% of your final grade)Each student will be assigned a specific week to lead the class discussion. As discussion leader,your job is to briefly introduce the topic of the week and to formulate questions based on thereading material and present them in class as a means of generating and guiding discussion.Your goal is to get the other students to think about the material in the context of the course’slarger themes and then voice their own opinions in an intelligent manner.Each presenter needs to meet with the instructor the week before his or her presentation andshould have completed the assigned readings by that day. The presenter(s) must also circulatesome (but not all) of their discussion questions to the entire class via email no later than twodays before (by the Saturday before) class.Each student will also give a brief presentation relating to the first response paper on Monday,February 6.Students are expected to come to class prepared to discuss the weekly course material evenwhen it is not their week to present. This is a seminar, not a lecture course.Leading the discussion and general participation constitute 30% of your final gradeResearch / Poster Presentation (15% of your final grade)During the final two weeks of our seminar (Monday April 23 and April 30), each student willpresent his or her research to the class. Your presentation should be approximately 10 minuteslong, followed by 5 minutes to respond to questions. Your presentation should be accompaniedPage 4 of 15

Anti-Semitism and HistoryHST 495 001Mon 6:30-9:15pm – Morton 212Instructor: Dr. Jarrod Tanny, Spring 2012by a poster display highlighting your topic. You will be encouraged to enter your poster in thehistory department’s annual poster competition.Academic IntegrityAll members of UNCW’s community are expected to follow the academic Honor Code. Pleaseread the UNCW Honor Code carefully (as covered in the UNCW Student Handbook).Academic dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated in this class.Please be especially familiar with UNCW’s position on plagiarism as outlined in the UNCWStudent Handbook. Plagiarism is a form of academic dishonesty in which you take someoneelse’s ideas and represent them as your own.Disabilities and Special NeedsStudents with diagnosed disabilities should contact the Office of Disability Services (962-7555).Please give me a copy of the letter you receive from the Office of Disability Services detailingthe class accommodations you may need. If you require accommodation for test-taking pleasemake sure I have the referral letter no less than three days before the test.Required Readings and Video RecordingsStudents are expected to come to class each week having completed the assigned readings andthe visual material.Page 5 of 15

Anti-Semitism and HistoryHST 495 001Mon 6:30-9:15pm – Morton 212Instructor: Dr. Jarrod Tanny, Spring 2012Books For PurchaseThe following required readings are available for purchase at the university’s bookstore Steven Beller, Antisemitism: A Very Short Introduction. Joshua Trachtenberg, The Devil and the Jews. Helmut Walser Smith, The Butcher's Tale: Murder and Anti-Semitism in a German Town. Jeffrey Herf, The Jewish Enemy: Nazi Propaganda during World War II and theHolocaust. Deborah E. Lipstadt, Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth andMemory. Will Eisner, The Plot: The Secret Story of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Philip Roth, The Plot Against America. Marvin Perry and Frederick M. Schweitzer (editors), Antisemitic Myths: A Historical andContemporary Anthology.Readings on Blackboard and the WebThe other required readings will be available for download as pdf files from Blackboard(https://learn.uncw.edu) or from internet websites. Readings available on Blackboard will bemarked with an asterisk (*) The hyperlinks to the readings on the web are included in thesyllabus.Films and Video RecordingsSome weeks the assigned material will include films. You are responsible for watching thesebefore class. I will make these films available to you in advance if Randall library does not havea copy.Page 6 of 15

Anti-Semitism and HistoryHST 495 001Mon 6:30-9:15pm – Morton 212Instructor: Dr. Jarrod Tanny, Spring 2012Weekly BreakdownPlease note – There is no class on the first Monday of the semester, January 16. However, Iwould like each of you to come by my office during the first week of the semester to introduceyourself.(1) Monday Jan. 23 – IntroductionRequired Reading Steven Beller, Antisemitism: A Very Short Introduction.Assignment – Response Paper # 1, due in class(2) Monday Jan. 30 – Anti-Semitism in AntiquityRequired Readings (Secondary Sources) Benjamin Isaac, “The Ancient Mediterranean and the Pre-Christian Era” (Blackboard*) Louis H. Feldman, “Anti-Semitism in the Ancient World” (Blackboard*) Shaye J. D. Cohen, “‘Anti-Semitism’ in Antiquity: The Problem of Definition”(Blackboard*) Philip A. Cunnigham, “Jews and Christians from the time of Christ to Constantine’sReign” (Blackboard*)Page 7 of 15

Anti-Semitism and HistoryHST 495 001Mon 6:30-9:15pm – Morton 212Instructor: Dr. Jarrod Tanny, Spring 2012Required Readings (Primary Sources) Tacitus on the Jews, Histories 5:1-13. Available tacitusc/histries/chap18.htm Exodus 1. Available at:http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search Exodus%201&version KJV Esther 3. Available at:http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search esther%203&version KJV Matthew 27. Available at:http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search matthew%2027&version KJV John 8:31-47. Available at:http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search john%208:31-47&version KJV(3) Monday Feb. 6 – The Middle Ages and Early Modern Era (Part 1)Required Readings (Primary Sources with commentary): Perry and Schweitzer Antisemitic Myths, Part 1, pages 1-54. Selected documents from, The Jew in the Medieval World (Blackboard*) Nathan Hanover, Abyss of Despair (Selections) (Blackboard*) Excerpts from the Koran. Available i-semitism/koranjews.html The Pact of Umar (Blackboard*)Assignment – Response Paper # 2, due in classPage 8 of 15

Anti-Semitism and HistoryHST 495 001Mon 6:30-9:15pm – Morton 212Instructor: Dr. Jarrod Tanny, Spring 2012(4) Monday Feb. 13 – The Middle Ages and Early Modern Era (Part 2)Required Readings (Secondary Sources): Joshua Trachtenberg, The Devil and the Jews. Robert Chazan, “Medieval Anti-Semitism” (and response) (Blackboard*) Jane Gerber, “Anti-Semitism and the Muslim World” (Blackboard*)Assignment – Preliminary Paper topic – meet with instructor by Friday Feb. 17(5) Monday Feb. 20 – Modernity: Emancipation and its DiscontentsRequired Readings (Primary Sources): Perry and Schweitzer Antisemitic Myths, Part 2, pages 55-126 Selected documents from The Jew in the Modern World (Blackboard*)Required Readings (Secondary Sources): Albert S. Lindemann and Richard S. Levy (eds.), Antisemitism: A History, chapters 7-9(Blackboard*) Sander Gilman, The Jew’s Body (selections) (Blackboard*)Required Film Jud Süß (Jew Süss), 1940Assignment – Paper topic proposal, due in classPage 9 of 15

Anti-Semitism and HistoryHST 495 001Mon 6:30-9:15pm – Morton 212Instructor: Dr. Jarrod Tanny, Spring 2012(6) Monday Feb. 27 – Global Jewish ConspiraciesRequired Readings (Primary Sources): Perry and Schweitzer Antisemitic Myths, Part 2, pages 138-155Required Readings (Secondary Sources): Eisner, The Plot: The Secret Story of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion(7) Monday March 5 – Eastern Europe: Pogroms and Blood LibelsRequired Readings (Primary Sources): Perry and Schweitzer Antisemitic Myths, Part 2, pages 127-137Required Readings (Secondary Sources): Smith, The Butcher's Tale: Murder and Anti-Semitism in a German TownAssignment – Response Paper # 3, due in class(8) Monday, March 19 – Nazism and the HolocaustRequired Readings (Primary Sources): Perry and Schweitzer Antisemitic Myths, Part 2, pages 156-216Required Readings (Secondary Sources):Page 10 of 15

Anti-Semitism and HistoryHST 495 001Mon 6:30-9:15pm – Morton 212Instructor: Dr. Jarrod Tanny, Spring 2012 Jeffrey Herf, The Jewish Enemy: Nazi Propaganda during World War II and theHolocaustRequired Film Der Ewige Jude (The Eternal Jew), 1940Assignment – Annotated Bibliography – due Thursday March 22 at Noon(9) Monday, March 26 – Is America Different?Required Readings (Primary Sources): Philip Roth, The Plot Against America Selected documents (Blackboard*)Required Readings (Secondary Sources): Jonathan Sarna, “American Anti-Semitism” (Blackboard*)Required Film Gentlemen’s Agreement, 1947(10) Monday April 2 – Neo-Nazism and Holocaust DenialRequired Readings (Primary Sources): Perry and Schweitzer Antisemitic Myths, Part 2, pages 264-290Required Readings (Secondary Sources):Page 11 of 15

Anti-Semitism and HistoryHST 495 001Mon 6:30-9:15pm – Morton 212Instructor: Dr. Jarrod Tanny, Spring 2012 Lipstadt, Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and MemoryRequired Film The Believer, 2001Assignment – Thesis Paragraph – due Thursday April 5 at Noon(11) Monday April 9 – Post-Holocaust Anti-SemitismRequired Readings Perry and Schweitzer Antisemitic Myths, Part 2, pages 219-263, 291-306 Selections on Black Jewish relations (TBD) (Blackboard*)(12) Monday April 16 – Anti-Semitism and Anti-Zionism in the Muslim WorldRequired Readings Perry and Schweitzer Antisemitic Myths, Part 2, pages 306-336 Lindemann and Levy, chapter 15 Selected documents on the Middle East (TBD) (Blackboard*)Assignment – Draft Essay – due Thursday April 19 at Noon(13) Monday April 23 – Research Presentations (1)Page 12 of 15

Anti-Semitism and HistoryHST 495 001Mon 6:30-9:15pm – Morton 212Instructor: Dr. Jarrod Tanny, Spring 2012(14) Monday April 30 – Research Presentations (2)***Your Final Paper is due o